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The Tour Report

January 27 2013

2:36 PM

Fritsch, Watney giving chase

LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Rookie Brad Fritsch, who needs a top-10 finish to avoid a sprint to Phoenix to see if he can Monday qualify for the Waste Management Phoenix Open, is hanging tough so far at Torrey Pines.

The Campbell (N.C.) University grad birdied two of his first six holes and has moved to 10 under which puts him in a tie for second place with Nick Watney, three strokes off the pace being set by Tiger Woods.

Fritsch, who tied for seventh at q-school and finished 18th on the Web.com Tour money list last year, has played eight holes. Watney, the Sacramento, Calif., native who picked up his fifth PGA TOUR victory at The Barclays last fall, just made the turn in 3 under to join him at 10 under for the tournament.

Josh Teater and Steve Marino are another stroke behind. Teater is playing with Watney, the 2009 champ at Torrey Pines, while Marino is in the penultimate group with Fritsch. Both are 1 under for the day.

The final round will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. Players will not be repaired in an attempt to complete as many holes as possible. Sunset is expected at 8:16 p.m. ET.